BCIS Interim Management Directors Named

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2003


Washington, DC – The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Gordon England, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), Eduardo Aguirre Jr., have announced the appointment of Interim Regional Directors and Interim District Directors for the BCIS. The appointments became effective March 1 when BCIS formally assumed responsibility for the administration of immigration benefits.

The interim directors will work out of the current locations of the 33 District Offices and the three regional offices of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

“These men and women will play a critical role in preserving our nation’s proud immigration tradition while preserving the integrity of the system and helping secure the homeland,” said Deputy Secretary England.

“The establishment of a bureau devoted exclusively to the administration of immigration benefits represents a historic opportunity,” said Acting Director Aguirre. “That singleness of purpose, together with the dedication and expertise of our workforce, will greatly enhance our ability to deliver services to the millions who seek out our benefits every year.”

The BCIS is made up of some 15,000 employees and contractors headed by a director who reports to the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security. The Bureau will be responsible for the administration of immigration benefits and services including the processing of citizenship applications, family and employment-based petitions, and asylum and refugee processing. The BCIS has launched an outreach campaign to reassure the public about the status of INS documents, offices, and services during the ongoing transition.

The BCIS is one of three components within the Department of Homeland Security tasked with the duties formerly assigned to the INS. The other two bureaus, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), will assume responsibility for immigration enforcement activities at the border and in the nation’s interior.

Interim BCIS Regional Directors

Eastern Region Louis D. Crocetti
Central Region Ken Pasquarell
Western Region Carolyn Muzika

Interim BCIS Directors

Eastern Region Locations:

Atlanta    Rosemary Melville
Baltimore    Richard Caterisano
Boston    Dennis Riordan
Buffalo    Frances Holmes
Cleveland    Mark Hansen
Detroit    Carol Jenifer
Miami    Jack Bulger
New Orleans    Jack Bennett
New York City    Mary Ann Gantner
Newark    Andrea Quarantillo
Philadelphia    Angela Klapakis
Portland, Maine    Rodolfo Lara
San Juan, Puerto Rico    Robert Bowles
Washington District    Phyllis Howard

Central Region Locations:

Chicago    Donald Monica
Dallas    Angela Barrows
Denver    Michael Comfort
El Paso    Raymond Adams
Harlingen    Michael Trominski
Helena    James Cole
Houston    Hipolito Acosta
Kansas City    Michelle Perry
Omaha    Gerald Heinauer
San Antonio    Sharon Hudson
St. Paul    Curtis Aljets
Western Region Locations:  
Anchorage    Bernadette Doody
Honolulu    David Gulick
Los Angeles    Jane Arellano
Phoenix    Stephen Fickett
Portland, Oregon    Jerry Garcia
San Diego    Debbie Rogers
San Francisco   David Still
Seattle    Robert Okin

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 03030742.